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Ten Tors challenge to go ahead despite heavy rain

Ten Tors challenge to go ahead despite heavy rain Credit: Gary Tyson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Despite heavy rain and expected gales, hundreds of teenagers from the region are on Dartmoor this weekend taking part in the Ten Tors Challenge.

The Army and emergency services are on standby in case conditions worsen and spectators are being advised that the car parks are closed as they're already too muddy.

Over 50 schools and youth groups from the West have sent teams to take part in the event - which has courses between 35 and 55 miles.

For a list of teams taking part visit the official Ten Tors website.

Lost teenagers followed "correct safety procedures"

The Director of theTen Tors Challenge says a group of teenagers who had to be airlifted to safety whilst training for the event followed the safety procedures put in place by the army.

Brigadier Piers Hankinson says he's pleased that their ethos of 'safety' was upheld.

The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across Dartmoor when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.

Read the full statement below:

I can confirm that an incident involving a team training for The Ten Tors Challenge 2013 occurred on Dartmoor Training Area at approximately 1500hrs yesterday (Sun 21st April 2013).

The training weekend was an entirely appropriate school-led activity within the guidelines and procedures for Ten Tors training, which is the responsibility of schools and their team managers. With three weeks to go before the event on the weekend 11-12 May I would fully expect team managers to be encouraging greater self sufficiency to teams, provided they have achieved the required levels of competency. This is judgement for the school’s team manager.

In this case the team followed the correct safety procedures as laid down by the Army and local agencies such as the Police and Dartmoor Rescue Group. The team members made the correct decision to seek assistance from the civilian emergency services due to poor visibility.

None of the team suffered any adverse affects.

I am very pleased that our ethos of ‘safety’ was upheld.

– Brigadier Piers Hankinson – Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade & Director of Ten Tors

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Seven lost teenagers airlifted to safety in Devon

Police say seven teenage boys have been airlifted to safety by helicopter after getting lost on Dartmoor. The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across the national park when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.

The boys, who were overdue in meeting up with their teachers, realised that they needed assistance and sensibly stopped walking in the worsening conditions.

The helicopter crew searched the moor in the area of Hangingstone Hill and located the boys safe and well near Great Kneeset.

As the conditions were deteriorating fast the helicopter lifted the boys and their kit from the moor, making two flights to and from Okehampton military camp, where they were reunited with their teachers.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

The boys were from a school in Wiltshire.

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